Brisbane born and bred Roelie lives in Longreach, a small country town in western Queensland.

Primary teaching was Roelie’s first profession and she holds a diploma of Teaching (Primary) and a Bachelor of Education.  Roelie came to Montessori through her children and has been involved in the movement in some way or other since the mid 1990s.  Whilst a stay-at-home mum with two young boys, she completed the MWEI Diploma of Montessori 3-6 and later completed both the AMI 0-3 and 3-6 Diplomas.  Her final course was the Master of Education (Montessori) from Loyola University, USA.

She was the founder of the Montessori Infants’ Playgroup in Brisbane and ran a Montessori program for the Indigenous teenagers at Wadja Wadja High School at Woorabinda, outside Rockhampton, Queensland.  Roelie contributed many years in various roles with Montessori Australia, the national body for Montessori as well as support roles for the Association Montessori Internationale. Roelie is a long standing board member for the Caboolture Montessori School.

Roelie is now focused on designing tours around the world on Maria Montessori's history and legacy for her own business, Montessori Tours and Travel